Posted by Lisa on 6/14/2017 to Baking Tips and Tricks
There a so many options to choose from when making frosting for either your cakes, cupcakes, pastries or cookies. Matching the right frosting with the right type of dessert is important. It can take your dessert from good to extraordinary!! The million dollar question is… which one to use.
So there are soooooo many frosting options out there. I could not even possibly begin to list all of them in one place. I have listed the top 5 frosting I use and what I use them for.
1. The first and most popular is Buttercream icing. It is sweet & buttery. The texture should be soft and smooth, which makes this frosting spread easily. For this reason, Buttercream frosting is typically used to decorate cakes and cupcakes. The main ingredients are shortening or butter, powdered sugar, milk and flavoring such as extracts (vanilla, lemon, etc) or cocoa powder.
2. Up next is Royal Icing. It is very sweet, thin and stiff. It should look and taste almost like a hard candy when it's dry. Royal icing is best used for making frosting flowers or creating figures, piping and decorating gingerbread houses. The main ingredients are powdered sugar, lemon juice and egg whites.
3. Whipped Cream icing. It has a rich, cream-like taste, making it airy, smooth and soft. Whipped cream frosting can be used with any cake, but it is really good as the layer in between your cakes. The main ingredients are heavy cream or whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar. Whipped cream frosting must be refrigerated and should be stored no longer than 2 days.
4. Cream cheese frosting reminds me of red velvet cake more than anything else. It is sweet, buttery and very rich. The texture is smooth, thick and heavy. Cream cheese frosting is commonly used for quick breads, especially carrot cakes, muffins and some cupcakes. The main ingredients are cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
5. Ganache, oh tasty Ganache. This is a rich, thick, creamy and packed full of chocolate flavor icing. This is best used to make truffles or on a layer cake when beaten until it's fluffy and stiff. The main ingredients are heavy cream and melted chocolate.
Now there are a ton more types of frosting out there like fondant, glaze, and many more. So what is the best frosting to use? It really depends on what you are making and what you prefer. All these are important factors when you are deciding on what frosting to make. The best way to decide is just try them all and see what is your favorite!!
Let me know what your favorite icing is and Happy Baking!
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